Last Wednesday was surreal. Yeah, Big Sky rocks.
While most of the snow that has fallen lately around North America will melt before the ski season starts, have no fear as Revelstoke Mountain Resort will still count it as part of their inflated annual snow fall stats.
I'm pretty sure that is the way annual snowfall statistics are generally compiled. It includes all snowfall during a year that begins sometime in the summer (July 1?) and ending one year later. That's how they did it for Mt. Baker's record year and I think that it is the "official" way it's done in North America when compiling statistics for snowfall.
I may be wrong, hopefully someone with more concrete knowledge could confirm or deny this.
That makes sense, but the claim is "annual snowfall" and it seems like counting it all is implied in the name. Just to make sure people don't decide that Baker cheated somehow on the record year, the claim was independently verified (sorry, don't remember by whom). The total for the winter was 1140 inches, with a maximum base of somewhere over 300". The measurements were done in the same way as the previous record holder, Paradise on Mt. Rainier.
Just checked the radar and it's snowing at the higher elevations in the Cascades right now. None at the ski areas, however.
Nobody at Baker worries about coverage, we often get 50" plus of base in 3 or 4 days to start the season, so it probably comes from a different mind set. The ski area snow reports seem to be accurate from the skiers' viewpoint.
Here is an 11:00 screengrab from Wolf Creek. Looks a little less chaotic.
They better hurry up and get the finishing touches taken care of on that lift so they can open in two weeks. ;)
Sun Peaks does something similar. Their website has a "Snow History" page that goes back almost 20 years. It shows the end of the month base and new snowfall for the month from November to mid April.
Part of the problem is that the length of season can vary quite a bit from area to area. Example, Lake Louise gets less than 200" of snow but is open 1 to 2 months longer than most ski areas in Western Canada so actually their snowfall is even worse than it appears compared to some other resorts.
I'm pretty sure that Tony Crocker has accounted for the length of season discrepancy by offering mid November to mid April snow fall comparisons regardless of a resort's length of season.
I would like to point out that this photo was taken the day before the Ironman Tahoe.